The Leading Edge: The Gifts of 2020 - a message from Chantel Schieffer
November 25, 2020
January 31, 2021

The Gifts of 2020

Message from president/CEO Chantel Schieffer

Enough has been reminisced about all that challenged us during this unusual year, and now we pause to focus on the gifts we have received in 2020. I recently posted to social media asking what gifts you found in the chaos, what great things happened to you. With each response, my gratitude for the good grew, much like the heart of the Grinch. In summary, the collective “we” counted these among the gifts of 2020…

  • Children and grandchildren were born
  • Confidence was gained as we reached outside of our comfort zones
  • Quality time was spent with our families
  • Healthier living was a priority
  • Out of necessity, technology helped us connect across the globe
  • Many books were read and written
  • Adult children moved closer to home
  • New businesses and non-profits were created
  • Our leadership skills were tested…and tested…and tested

When the calendar turns to January 1, the difficulties of this year will not become a memory, nor should they. We are still navigating life amidst a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and growing social and political divides. The New Year holds promises of little, except even more opportunities to listen, learn, and lead.

There will be countless gifts to discover in ourselves and those around us if we keep our eyes and minds open to them. As always, we are here to help you lead through whatever comes your way.

Be well and lead well,

Chantel M. Schieffer
President & CEO
Class of 2010, Masters 2019